The Lagos State Government has announced that the Third Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut for four days.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by the Lagos State Deputy Director, Public Affairs Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Sina Thorpe, stating that the shutdown will start from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018 to allow investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out on the Bridge.
According to the State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya the decision was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
“The Third Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it,” Akinsanya said.
As a result of the planned closure, the State Government has appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents.
Consequently,, the traffic management agencies including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Police, among others, have been mandated by the state government to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all the other alternative roads to ensure free flow of traffic.